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Accru sails to victory at Melges 24 NSW States    
Mon, 26 Nov 2012

After two years of racing and training the Nixon family gave their most polished performance to date at the 2012 NSW Melges 24 State Titles at Lake Macquarie over the weekend. The crew on Accru are in full campaign mode as they prepare for the 2013 Melges 24 World Titles in San Francisco.

Entirely a family affair consisting of Husband and wife team, Kevin and Glenda Nixon, their (adult) children Bonnie and Daniel and their nice Grace who is flying in regularly from her home in NZ to train and attend regattas. Accru finished ten points ahead of Dave Bull Jester in second place, Huey II a further two points behind third overall, consistency paying for both teams but neither able to catch Accru.

The final days sailing tested the fleet, Accru needing to deliver in race six in order to cement the win in a very light and tricky Northerly which proved no obstacle, cheers as they crossed the line and secured the regatta. Damian Huon Huey II had picked the shifts on the work to lead at the top mark only to have the breeze drop away and then build in from the East favouring the three boats including Accru who stuck to the Eastern shore, much to his frustration.

Race seven, the final races of the series, the wind kicked in from the North East, Accru and Huey II getting a jump on the fleet at the start and were never headed to cross the line first and second place respectively. South Australian Gary Shanks Outrage Us had excellent speed planning downwind threading through the fleet working his way from seventh to third place.

Trophies and Prizes from One Sail and Gill were awarded at the presentation at the Lake Macquarie Yacht Club. After a quick pack up everyone was on the road heading home including the two South Australian boats to prepare for the Australian Championships at the Festival of Sails in Geelong in January, followed a fortnight later by the South Australian States at Adelaide Sailing Club.

by Tracey Walters

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